Werkstätte is pleased to present GLASS HOUSES, a group exhibition
curated by Eddie Martinez. Indicated by its title, the exhibition
explores the function of transparency and its ability to obscure
delineations of interior and exterior. Incorporating painting and
sculpture, these nine artists blur common boundaries by bringing nature
indoors and domestic objects outdoors.
Derek Aylward is a painter living and working in
Boston. Aylward integrates his everyday surroundings into his work with
images of nature and the influence of folk art.
Patrick Brennan's Potluck (B.Y.O.B) is culled from a
series he began in early 2008. Utilizing acrylic and oil paint, and
collage elements including foam, popsicle sticks and gold mylar, the
highly textural work functions as part painting and part sculpture.
John Copeland's large-scale paintings readdress
traditional/classic compositions with loose brushwork, generous color
and an excess of paint that drips. For Glass Houses, Copeland's still
life offers human figures now customary to his work whose faces are
obliterated by impressionistic brushwork, and color.
Denise Kupferschmidt creates images, idols, icons and
ceremonial items that are part of her own myth. Her pieces for the show
can be understood as domestic artifacts: cast plaster with collage and
paint, Denise creates window-like objects directing the viewer to look
through the patterned face.
Liz Markus has made a name for herself by creating
color studies in poured acrylic paint on raw canvas that often tow the
line between figuration and abstraction. While still considering the
history of painting, the small canvases Markus made for the show are an
enlargement of the practice: she offers plainly figurative works
painted with a brush. Liz is represented by ZieherSmith.
Sam Moyer's work tethers the ethereal with the
commonplace. The completed incarnation of a work begun for the Dark
Fair at the Swiss Institute, she presents fifteen garbage bags made to
look like a New York City pile of trash. Each bag is fitted around an
armature that supports a 40 watt light bulb; Moyer then pokes thousands
of holes into the bags to create an inversed star scape effect.
Sara Murphy's work for Glass Houses, her first New
York City show, examines the concept of home and constitutions of
space. Her imagery deals with houses and stacks of bricks – the
materials of which houses are made. Sara applies layer upon layer of
oil paint onto wood creating more of an object than a painting.
Ryan Schneider uses vibrant color and pattern to
render his collage-like, psychological, and often voyeuristic, still
life paintings and nudes. Like John Copeland, he redefines classic
compositions in a contemporary manner. Schneider is represented by
Priska Juschka Fine Art.
Jade Townsend works with materials such as sheet
cardboard, latex, masking tape and pine armature to create. sculpture
and installation. The works are imbued with history as well as
allegory: entire rooms "fall apart" at the seams to reveal the full
narrative. Townsend is also represented by Priska Juschka Fine Art.
Eddie Martinez is an artist and curator represented by
ZieherSmith in New York. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited
widely, including: Galarie Loyal, Stockholm; Blum & Poe, Los
Angeles and Peres Projects, Berlin. The artist recently released a
dual-artist catalogue with artist Chuck Webster, published by